Posted on 16 Jan 2017

    This Fashion Photo Shoot Of Women With Down Syndrome Stunningly Defies Beauty Norms

    "There is a need to explore the versatile interpretations of beauty and be more accepting to all kinds of people despite their disabilities."

    Sanjyot Telang, a Paris-based photographer, recently worked with Mumbai NGO Kimkan on a fashion photoshoot featuring young women living with Down syndrome.

    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang

    The project, titled "Fashion Misfits" captures these women in various outfits to defying conventional beauty standards.

    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang

    "I feel [people with special needs] have been an ignored part of our society for the longest time," Telang told BuzzFeed.

    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang

    "There is a need to explore the versatile interpretations of beauty and be more accepting to all kinds of people," she added.

    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang

    "With the help of this project, I’d like to create a space in the fashion and advertising industry, ultimately to open channels catering to [people with special needs] as well, so that they can find a way to fashionably express themselves and become role models to our society too."

    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang
    Sanjyot Telang

    "Contrary to the belief, it was absolutely easy working with these girls since they were as natural and nonchalant as professional models in front of the camera," Telang said.

    Sanjyot Telang

    Watch the video of the shoot here:

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    If anyone wishes to contact Kimkan, email Yojana Wavikar at yomakimu@yahoo.co.in

    Fashion Styling by Debangini Nath

    Hair & make up by Romi Thokchom Nilakumaroma

    Models Vilu, Kimaya, Namrata, Prarthana, Shefali, Rimsha

    Assistants Talib Chitalwala ,Natasha Nair, Sachin Salunkhe

    NGO co-ordinator Yojana Wavikar @Kimkan

    Production Support Azhar Sayed @Aditi Productions

    Raman Lamba Urban Buddha @Twism Design Productions

    Location courtesy

    Rafique Sayed studios@Byculla, Mumbai

    Contact Sonia Mariam Thomas at Sonia.thomas@buzzfeed.com.

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